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Holt, Bender lead New England Tigers past Glen Ullin-Hebron Bearcats

New England junior Cody Holt, despite standing 6-foot-8, was only Glen Ullin-Hebron's second-biggest problem Tuesday evening.Senior guard Brady Bender got nearly every shot he wanted in leading the Tigers to a 66-54 win in the first round of the ...

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New England senior guard Brady Bender attempts a layup over a Glen Ullin-Hebron defender Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

New England junior Cody Holt, despite standing 6-foot-8, was only Glen Ullin-Hebron’s second-biggest problem Tuesday evening.
Senior guard Brady Bender got nearly every shot he wanted in leading the Tigers to a 66-54 win in the first round of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“With Brady being the guard he’s been for so long, he plays with a lot of confidence, and he rarely makes mistakes,” Bearcats head coach Paul Sayler said. “He hits the open guy, and he’ll hit the open shot. And Holt, the big guy inside, we tried to take the ball away from him and kind of deny him the ball, but he got some good shots inside.”
Bender led the Tigers with 16 points in the first half alone on 6 of 12 shooting. He also had two assists and three steals in that time. Final stats were unavailable at press time.
Holt had two points and seven rebounds in the first two quarters but played a dominating second half.
“He started posting up a little more, and we made a conscious effort to get the ball inside and he finished,” Tigers head coach Shawn Flaherty said. “He did a really good job and played an excellent second half.”
Bailey Morman paced the Bearcats with 10 points by halftime, and he led spurts in the second half to get the final margin a little closer.
“Bailey played really well,” Sayler said. “He was a good leader for us tonight. He ran the floor well and played the top of the 1-3-1 (zone), which is tough for a big guy to play, but he’s really athletic.”
The Tigers had an answer for any small run that Glen Ullin-Hebron managed to piece together.
“We’d go on a 4-0 or 6-0 run, and they’d come right back with something,” Sayler said. “There were times when we’d outhustle them up and down the court, get some fast break layups, and they’d beat us back down court for a layup.”
The Tigers move on to face Heart River at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The Bearcats will face Richardton-Taylor in the consolation semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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